BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 24 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 6,111 confirmed cases, 194 of which are currently active.
The individuals are residents of the:
· City of Corning (6)
· City of Hornell (4)
· Town of Addison
· Town of Bath (4)
· Town of Erwin (2)
· Town of Fremont
· Town of Prattsburgh
· Town of Pulteney
· Village of Bath
· Village of Canisteo (2)
· Village of South Corning
The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.
Per CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset or date of test if asymptomatic through the day of the positive test result to identify any potential exposure risks.
The investigations indicate:
· 10 individuals had contact with a previously reported Steuben positive
· One individual is an employee of a local hospital
· Three individuals are associated with the following schools: Canisteo-Greenwood High School, Corning-Painted Post School District, Hornell City School District
In addition, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:
· 4/1 – Tioga Downs Casino Resort
· 4/4 – 4/6 – Corning Museum of Glass
Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:
· 0 – 9 years: 2
· 10 – 19 years: 5
· 20 – 29 years: 5
· 30 – 39 years: 3
· 40 – 49 years: 1
· 50 – 59 years: 4
· 60 – 69 years: 1
· 70 – 79 years: 1
· 80 – 89 years: 2
“Vaccination rates in Steuben County are low compared to other counties in the region,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “Survey results indicate that many still have questions around the vaccine creation process, and that is completely understandable and expected. We strive to share accurate and timely information on our social media pages and welcome questions from those seeking answers about the vaccines. We hope to serve as a resource for the community in providing both facts and vaccines.”
All residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.
For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth.